Arthouse Movie Listings November 13-19, 2013

Artists' Television Access. Abstracts in Motion: Films by Huckleberry Lain: Experimental short films and stop-motion animation. Fri., Nov. 15, 8 p.m. $6. Other Cinema: Chinatown Tales: Lynne Sachs' Your Day Is My Night looks at elderly immigrants who take shifts sharing beds in cramped NYC Chinatown apartments. Sat., Nov. 16, 8:30 p.m. $6. othercinema.com. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890, www.atasite.org.

The Castro Theatre. Godard Film Series: The French directorial legend is honored with a month of midweek screenings that include Breathless (Nov. 6), Weekend (Nov. 13), Band of Outsiders (Nov. 27), and a special 50th anniversary restoration of Contempt (Nov. 20). Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Continues through Nov. 27. $8.50-$11. Ticket to Ride: The Warren Miller winter sports juggernaut returns with its latest high-altitude ski film. Fri., Nov. 15, 8 p.m. skinet.com/warrenmiller. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120, www.castrotheatre.com.

Clay Theatre. New Italian Cinema: The San Francisco Film Society presents a five-night roundup of recent films from Italy. Nov. 13-17. $10-$25. sffs.org. 2261 Fillmore St., San Francisco, 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/Market/SanFrancisco/SanFrancisco_Frameset.htm.

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III: Hosts Sherilyn Connelly, Mike Spiegelman, and Maura Sipila make cutting remarks about the film that besmirched an entire family's good name. Sun., Nov. 17, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.

Embarcadero Center Cinema. Blue Is the Warmest Color: French coming-of-age love story (based on the cult graphic novel) that won the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Daily. Dallas Buyers Club: Matthew McConaughey continues his run of challenging roles in this true-life tale of a 1980s Texas cowboy who's diagnosed as HIV positive. Daily. 12 Years a Slave: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Brad Pitt star in director Steve McQueen's powerful drama set in antebellum America. Daily. The Armstrong Lie: Documentary king Alex Gibney gets a front-row view of the scandal that led to Lance Armstrong's ignominious fall from public favor. Starting Nov. 15. Daily. 1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/EmbarcaderoCenterCinema.htm.

The Emerald Tablet. Loud! Fast! Philly!: The City of Brotherly Shove comes to North Beach for this screening of a documentary about the Philadelphia punk scene, with Blatz/Criminals singer Jesse Luscious also spinning records. Sat., Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. $10. 80 Fresno St., San Francisco, 500-2323, www.emtab.org.

Exploratorium. Saturday Cinema: Weekly thematic film screenings presented in the Kanbar Forum by the Exploratorium's Cinema Arts program. Saturdays, 12, 2 & 4 p.m. Free with museum admission. Pier 15, San Francisco, 528-4444, www.exploratorium.edu.

Multiple Bay Area Locations. 3rd i's San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival: Six-day showcase of independent cinema from South Asia — including documentaries, short films, and experimental works — with screenings at New People Cinema (1746 Post, SF), Castro Theatre (429 Castro, SF), and Aquarius Theatre (430 Emerson, Palo Alto). Sat., Nov. 16. $12 (or $55-$125 for festival passes). thirdi.org. San Francisco, N/A.

Opera Plaza Cinemas. Running from Crazy: Academy Award-winning documentarian Barbara Kopple (Harlan County U.S.A.) examines mental illness and suicide as experienced by Mariel Hemingway and her famous family. Daily. Blue Jasmine: Woody Allen's latest dramatic comedy, set in San Francisco and starring the inimitable Cate Blanchett. Daily. Muscle Shoals: This music documentary looks at the history of FAME (Florence Alabama Music Enterprises) Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., where many hugely iconic rock and soul songs — including the Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar," Wilson Pickett's "Mustang Sally," and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Freebird" — were recorded. Daily. Wadjda: Haifaa Al Mansour, Saudi Arabia's first female filmmaker, tells the affecting story of a feisty young girl, a highly coveted bicycle, and a society that wants to limit what women are allowed to dream. Daily. Spinning Plates: Documentary offering behind-the-scenes looks at three very different American restaurants. Daily. How I Live Now: Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, State of Play) directs Saoirse Ronan in this adaptation of Meg Rosoff's YA novel. Starting Nov. 15. Daily. Le Joli Mai: 50th anniversary digital restoration of the 1963 documentary about Paris. Starting Nov. 15. Daily. 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 777-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/OperaPlazaCinema.htm.

Pier 15. Postcards from Climate Change: Free screening of short environmental films pertaining to global warming and climate change onboard Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior ship. Thu., Nov. 14, 8 p.m. free with RSVP. members.greenpeace.org/event/view/4632. 698 The Embarcadero, San Francisco.

Roxie Theater. The Motel Life: Alt-country songwriter Willy Vlautin's hardscrabble heartbreaker of a novel makes the leap to the big screen via key character portrayals by Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff, Dakota Fanning, and Kris Kristofferson. Through Nov. 14. God Loves Uganda: Documentary about the effect homophobic Christian missionaries from America are having on the culture of Uganda. Through Nov. 14. American Promise: This DIY documentary follows a middle class African-American family over the course of 12 years as their son tries to get ahead in a NYC private school. Nov. 15-21. United Film Festival: A touring indie film fest — including shorts, documentaries, and features — lands in the Mission for three days. Nov. 15-17. theunitedfest.com. Medora: Directors Davy Rothbart and Andrew Cohn present their documentary about a struggling high school basketball team in an equally struggling Indiana farm town. Mon., Nov. 18. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087, www.roxie.com.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Films by Fassbender: 10-film retrospective of provocative German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder; see the YBCA website for titles and showtimes. Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Dec. 21. $8-$10. 701 Mission, San Francisco, 978-2787, www.ybca.org.

 
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